Players from Scottish Cup Winners St. Johnstone’s youth squad participated in an annual fixture on Thursday 20 November with their counterparts from the club’s successful community initiative the SAINTS (Saints Academy – Inclusion Through Sport) project
“This is a game which is eagerly looked forward to by everyone who takes part but it also helps us promote a very important message about these campaigns and why we support them.”
Dave Black, Community Coach, St Johnstone FC
The SAINTS Project is run in partnership with Perth & Kinross Council’s Housing and Community Care Service and is designed to offer sporting opportunities to those who may otherwise face barriers to do so and members of their mental wellbeing football squad took part in the fixture. The SAINTS Mental Wellbeing squad recently completed their first season in the Scottish FA National Mental Health and Wellbeing league with similar teams comprising people who have experience of mental ill-health from across Scotland and this stood them in good stead for their annual match with the talented Saints youth squad. The squads were bolstered by an appearance from Saints Club Chaplain and members of the community coaching staff including former player Danny Griffin.
The game took place to highlight the club’s long-standing support (in partnership with Perth & Kinross Council) of both the Show Racism the Red Card campaign and the ‘see me’ mental health anti-stigma campaign. All players wore t-shirts bearing the ‘see me’ logo and Show Racism the Red Card messages.